9 Monkeys of Shaolin [Steam, Official Site] is a new beat 'em up from Sobaka Studio and Buka Entertainment where you take control of a simple Chinese fisherman who is out to avenge the death of his friends and family.
If there's one thing I can never get enough of, it's beat 'em ups. Not the retro-inspired kind mind you, while I do enjoy them too there's already a lot of them. What we don't have on Linux, is a enough modern-styled beat 'em ups. Thankfully 9 Monkeys of Shaolin looks the part and it's confirmed to be coming to Linux later this year in "The Fall" (nothing more specific was given).
Check out the trailer:
It looks good visually, the action actually looks like a lot of fun and there's going to be three different fighting styles. There's also some character development, as you progress you will unlock perks, items and fighting styles.
Full of content too, with 25 assorted Chinese and Japanese polearms, each with its own traits spread across 25 levels with different backdrops and smashables.
Excited? I am, looks slick! The publisher told us we're on their press list now too, so we should get a chance to review it when it's time.